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Cranial Technologies – Week 5 of Treatment

Posted by mymaysa on December 9, 2008

My husband and I took Maysa to Cranial Technologies on Monday for another check up.  I gave Amber the headsickle back to Amber and asked her why is it that the band didn’t quite fit properly on it.  First of all she told me that I shouldn’t be putting it on the headsickle.  Apparently it weakens the band and consequently makes it less effective.  I didn’t know.  Lesson learned.  I won’t do it again.  I promise.  This said, I did post some pictures under a former post showing how the band looks on the head mold.  You can clearly see that the side where the strap closes looks odd.  The top view also shows how the band is not snug against the mold.

In short, she also explained to us the band is actually made from a different mold and that this wasn’t a good way of looking at things.  What she said did make sense and I feel horrible for trying to make the band fit on the mold.  So if you are thinking about doing this at home, just don’t.

On a happier note, she also told us that Maysa was making faster progress than anticipated for her age.  She told us that she would probably not be in her band for more than an additional five to six weeks which would bring her to a total of two and a half months in the band.  We expected her to be in it for four months!  We have mixed feelings about it.  We know and can see that she has made good progress.  Her right profile shows it the most.  Also, looking straight at her, her ears don’t look bent outwards anymore as if while the band held her head on the sides right above the ears, her facial features from the sideburns/jaw down have expended in width which in turn makes her head look more proportionate. 

I know for sure that the band is working for her but I also believe that Cranial Sacral Therapy has something to do with her making such good progress so quickly.  This said, I don’t think that she is within normal range yet or even close.  CT will take progress pictures and measurements on 12/22/08 for us to look and compare.

Unless she miraculously rounds out completely and gets within normal range, I am almost already preparing myself for a second band.  My husband is not, of course…

Anyway, I will post some more pictures later.

June - October - December 2008

June - October - December 2008

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Cranial Technologies – Headsickle

Posted by mymaysa on November 26, 2008

I took Maysa in yesterday to Cranial Technologies because she had a pink spot on her back left side and Amber wanted to take a look at it.  It turned out to be nothing to worry about, which is a good thing.

In the process, we talked about her progress, how to measure it, and how to take pictures.  To help me with that, she offered that I take Maysa’s headsickle home with me.  I was  a bit surprised.  I didn’t think I could, so when she said “sure of course”, I gladly took it.  I have to be very careful though because she warned me that it could break.

Anyway, the first thing I wanted to do with it is put the band on it to see how different the fit would feel.  Well, the band does not fit properly at all.  I cannot close the velcro the way I close it when it’s on Maysa’s head, and it’s been shaved twice already so in my opinion, there should be more room.  I am a little confused by it because I had seen somewhere else online how some other parents had been taking pictures of their little ones headsickle in the band throughout the process to see in which way progress was being made. 

Shouldn’t the band fit on the headsickle?  I will take pictures tomorrow when I take the band off of her head and put it on the headsickle to show you what I am talking about.

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